bInspired by vInspired

After the great title the pressure is on to write a blog that at least matches it, but at usual the quality of the writing will always be vastly overshadowed by the brilliant job or thing being done by someone else.

Today’s YDIR goes to vInspired which is a charity that is focused on helping young people do good things and as this site is all about people who do good things, it makes sense for me to say thank you to the people behind vInspired for inspiring and helping people do it right. has loads of great projects and opportunities for young people to get invloved in the very worthwhile world of volunteering, although I am a bit concerned by the suggestion that young people are aged 16-25 as I am over 25 but still consider myself young!

A great example of one of their projects is Retail Ready People. I hope it will get another roll out soon as I especially loved it for using empty retail shops, as I think something should be done to turn empty shops into something positive for the local community, which would bring more people into the high street and invloved in their bit of the world.

vInspired, You’re Doing It Right!

Mr Ydir

A bit late to the Movember Party

And a bit late/rubbish with keeping this blog up to date, but still let’s not dwell on the past just look forward to future updates of people doing it right.

As you might have guessed from the title, today’s YDIR award is related to the increasingly popular annual charity event, in which men raise money and awareness of men’s health issues by growing a supporters badge across their top lip.

If you’ve not heard of the event go to where you can read about the charity’s aims and perhaps satisfy yourself that you weren’t going mad and there were a lot more mustached men that all at once just disappeared.

I would like to award the YDIR to whoever came up with the idea in the first place, but the history of movember is a bit cloudy, as wikipedia will show you,  but that doesn’t matter because I can award it to all those who took part (over 300,00 in the UK alone!) and all those who helped behind the scenes.

As it is my blog I would like to draw your attention to one team of mo bros (as they were a inspiration for this post) who between them raised over £1,500. You can visit their mo space here and admire the range of mustaches that were grown.

Mo bros and Mo Sistas, You’re Doing It Right!

Sometimes the worst things, bring out the best in people

The internet has taught us many things, sadly one of which is don’t believe things that are written on the internet. There are many stories / urban legends that grow up around big news events, they are often light on hard facts and full of glurge 

I normally steer clear of these kind of stories as although I could probably blog a new one every hour, I believe quality is more important that quantity.

I am making an exception for the story below, as I believe the person who reported it is genuine.

On Friday 19/10/12 a series of hit-and-runs took place in Cardiff in which 13 people were injured and one person killed, there was a great deal of media coverage, however the news of human kindness was not reported. In his own words Ray Monsell gives details of what he saw:

Amidst all the carnage and the chaos that ripped through Cardiff Last Friday….one little story that restores your faith in human kindness. In the early evening, a group of students arrived at the Accident and Emergency department at the Heath Hospital…..they were weighed down with bags of food and drink. Having seen the events unfold on telly…….they had gone to the shops , and with their own money had bought enough food to feed a small army. They had figured that the people involved would be too busy to stop… they had brought something for them to eat. It was for the doctors, nurses, paramedics, family relatives, police, fire and rescue…….it was for everyone. A small act of spontaneous kindness by a group of students who “Just wanted to do something to help” . Having delivered the food , they hung around “In case you needed blood donations”. It was a bad day in Cardiff last Friday…….but little things like this are so very important……They provide hope in the middle of all the despair……There are a great many good people out there……but it seems we only get to hear about the bad……..which is why this simple story needs to be shared.

So there you have it, people Doing It Right, people doing their best to readdress the balance between good and bad.

Thank you Ray for sharing this, and thank you to those mentioned in the story above, You’re Doing It Right.

Mr Ydir


Still doing it right aged 92

That is not a typo, today’s YDIR award winner is 92 (ninety two)! Ruth Perkins helps run a number of activities for Self Help Enterprise, including a bingo and a lunch club for lonely pensioners (who are younger than her!) . She has had not one, not two but three hip operations but that just means she has to sit down a bit more often when she is out collecting money for various different charities. Ruth was helping out at self help enterprise 10 years before I was born, and whilst it would be a bit of a stretch to say doing it right helps you live longer, I think it is fair to say doing it right helps you live better. Don’t believe me, go and check out this BBC interview I hope if I live till 92 that I am still as happy and active as she is. Ruth Perkins, You’re Doing It Right Mr Ydir

Growing Skills

Hello, Please accept my apologies for the lack of blog recently, which is entirely down to me getting distracted by lots of things, such as the day job, potty training (not for me, but for Master Ydir I got the hang of that quite some time ago) and a wedding amongst other things. The lack of blog is definitely nothing to do with the lack of people doing it right, there are so many at the moment I am struggling to keep up, but as always we welcome nominations so if you would like to see someone given a YDIR (You’re Doing It Right award) please email and I will let the world know about their good work.

Right let’s get back on track with telling fantastic people that they are doing a great job.

Today’s YDIR award goes to Becky Kelly who has set up a community garden in Rusholme. You can read all about her good work on

As the title sort of hints at, the project is about more than just growing fruit & veg. The idea behind the project is to help people develop skills that they can add to their CV. Becky works at the local Jobcentre which means the project is being used to help bring the Jobcentre into the local community, which again is a really great idea.

So for having 3 great ideas rolled into one project, it gives me great pleasure to type Becky Kelly, You’re Doing It Right!

Mr Ydir

P.S I’ve not as yet managed to track down a twitter profile for Becky, so if you know her please point her in the direction of this site, or if you live in Rusholme (or are willing to travel there) maybe give her a wave as you walk past the local Jobcentre.

Save Le Pub

You really should do whatever you can to help save Le Pub, you have probably never been there and this might be the first you have heard of it but if you read on I will give you 3 good reasons to support this cause.

Le Pub supports live music, it is a great little venue to discover new bands and spend time with other people who love music as much as you do. I love listening to my favourite records whenever and wherever I am, but live music is better, it’s more sociable, it’s unpredictable, it’s louder!*

I have seen some fantastic bands play there and three of my favourite gigs of all time were at Le Pub ( Ghost Mice, Horse The Band and That F**king Tank / Graba Graba Tape). I had never heard of any of them before the gigs but they all managed to put on the kind of performance that years later I still think wow that was something special.

Le Pub finds these great bands and offers them up for a bargain price, where as other venues are charging all sorts of silly prices plus booking fees (argh I hate booking fees!) Le Pub’s prices are a good deal, you might not of heard of the band but there is a pretty good chance that the pleasure you will gain is greater than the entry fee.

I think I have made my point about it supporting live music, so on to the next reason to love Le Pub (even if you have neve been) is that it is friendly. When there is not a gig on you can sit and relax with friends and strangers in the downstairs bar, whilst the stereo plays the record collection you wish you had. There is no dress code, there is no disco just a selection of good booze and maybe the odd quiz thrown in for good measure. It is the kind of atmosphere that you just don’t get from any of the chain pubs, I have always felt like Le Pub would rather make you welcome than make a profit from you.

My last point is mostly aimed at people who have never heard of Le Pub, through this blog I am trying (hopefully with some success) to make people understand what an important place Le Pub is, not just to me but to the hundreds of bands that have played there and the thousands of people who have watched those bands. The world needs places like this to continue to be great spaces for people to entertain and be entertained, the alternative is flats or a trendy wine bar (that will close within 6 months). If we let Le Pub die then it just sets a precedent for all other independent music venues to slowly fade away. I don’t know who would fill the gap left in our towns and cities by the closure of independent music venues, so I guess it is up to us to preserve this great place before it is too late.

Le Pub, keep doing it right!


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*I assume your stereo like mine is not as loud as your average pa system

Better Late Than Never

I should have posted this two weeks ago, and part of me thinks that the moment has passed and it is too late to say thanks and you’re doing it right, but then part of me knows that Dusty (site creator) wouldn’t agree with that kind of thinking and all of me would have to agree that Dusty is right.

Just over two weeks ago I went along to an event organised by  the Collect it was called Spoon Fed (mentioned in my last blog) and it was excellent.

You can read about the event and the propsols here and if you look carefully at the photos you might catch a rare glimpse of Mr Ydir, who did manage to stand up and say words for 3 minutes,  although I’m not sure I managed to put them into coherent sentences.

Now unusually for this blog I am able to give a enough notice for a forthcoming event, Spoon Fed 4 will be on 14th October, more details will be added on the Collect’s website in August but for now what you need to know is that it is in Bristol on 14th October, oh and it’s well worth going along.

I really can’t emphasis enough what a good idea the Spoon Fed events are, and in the absence of having influence on the British honour system I will have to say thank you to , the Collect, You’re Doing It Right!

the collect logo

Spoon Fed Number 3

Is a microfunding and networking event that is taking place 24th June 6pm in Bristol.

I would definitely recommend that you read more about the event by clicking here and if you are about why not go along, it’s a great idea with 8 projects pitching for some money to help their projects along the way.

The more observant of you will have noticed that one of the pitches looks a bit familiar, as I will be making my first official public appearance to ask people to support the ongoing YDIR project of saying well done to people doing a great job.

Mr Ydir


Just a quick update on a former YDIR winner. Alice Pyne who I mentioned here, was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) along with her sister Milly for their charity work.

Looking at my facebook likes and twitter followers I haven’t noticed any royalty amongst them, but I would assume her majesty would use a pseudonym anyway….. ego boosting day dreaming aside, it is worth mentioning again that top of Alice’s bucket list was to get everyone eligible to join a bone marrow register.

I was impressed by the way Anthony Nolan handled my registration, so that is a good a place as any to start, but handly Alice’s site has a link to bone marrow registers worldwide so I’ll borrow that an encourage you to click and join one

Mr Ydir

A Handstand A Day

One of my followers pointed me in the direction of today’s YDIR award winner, so thank you to Kat-Man-Scoop for this great find.

Handstands are something I have never been able to do but I have never felt I was missing out on anything, but now I have read about Julie Dumont who is doing 365 (+1) handstands to raise money for East African Playgrounds, I feel I should perhaps attempt at least one to show solidarity for her cause.

You can read about her fundraising effort on her just giving page and follow her progress on her facebook page Handstands For East African Playgrounds (warning contains images of tummies!)

Julie Dumont, You’re Doing It Right!